Lanjia, or ‘peaceful’ in Hmong language, is an eco-friendly community-based lodge, nestled in a Hmong and Lahu village, and perched on a hill overlooking the Mekong River and Laos.
What to experience?
Your hosts at Lanjia Lodge are proud Hmong and Lahu villagers who will give you a warm welcome to their community. Experiences which await you include village explorations, cultural performances, cooking and eating sumptuous local dishes, trekking, and bird-watching.
There is so much you can learn from tribal people, and the Lanjia Lodge brings travellers in close contact with villagers of local Akha, Hmong, Lisu and Lahu tribes, to learn from them directly about their traditions, heritage, customs and beliefs. All guests participate in the Village Tour, which includes a visit to a Shaman’s (Tribal leader) house to chat about spiritual beliefs, or learn from a Hmong woman about their hundred years old tradition of batik and cross-stitching.
In nearby Ban Had Krai, you have the opportunity to visit Buddhist temples and meet local fishermen who are eager to share their experiences catching the famed giant catfish – locally known as ‘Pla Buek’ – the world’s biggest freshwater fish, found in the Mekong River!
Slightly further away, you can visit waterfalls, and explore the historic border towns of Chiang Saen and Chiang Kong, floating along the mighty Mekong River in the famed Golden Triangle!
Prices include accommodation in comfortable King-size or twin bedded rooms with en-suite bathrooms (where applicable), electric fans, meals as specified in the programmes, coffee, tea and water with meals as well as an English speaking Tour Guide.
How does it help?
The philosophy of Lanjia Lodge is to create a space for meaningful interaction between guests and villagers. The local community has been involved with the development and operations of the Lodge since inception. All employees are local villagers, as well as the guides, and the workers involved in construction and maintenance. All food supplies are purchased from the community. Lanjia Lodge also creates a market place for villagers to sell their beautiful Hmong cross stitched fabrics.
Contributions from your stay are used to support community projects, while Lanjia Lodge contributes a share of their revenue to the Village Bank. Annual health checks for all members of the community are provided.
Environmental Responsibility includes the conservation and preservation of natural resources. Lanjia Lodge fully supports and participates in Earth Care initiatives. Earth Care was designed to foster an understanding of the natural environment and the way of life of the Hmong and Lahu hilltribes. A minimal amount of waste is produced and recycled when appropriate. Waste water is properly treated; sewage and drainage systems for the village have been installed.
The Lodge works closely with the community to ensure that their daily life is not disturbed; leading to a deep mutual appreciation between hosts and guests.
347 Kiew Karn Village
Moo 6 Tambol Rimkhong
Amphur Chiang Khong
Chiang Rai 5714, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2-655-6246-48